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What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal
What Was She Thinking Notes on a Scandal
Author: Zoe Heller
Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has known none but the most solitary of lifestyles until Sheba Hart joins St. George's. Starting by sharing lunches, then family events, the new art teacher draws Barbara into a touching confidence. Unbeknownst to their colleagues, however, another relationship blossoms meanwhile: Sheba has begun a passionate aff...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312421991
ISBN-10: 0312421990
Publication Date: 6/1/2003
Pages: 272
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  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 76 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
I found this book rather abrupt and, sorry to say, pointless. It is written like a memoir and the scandalous headline could very well come from the modern day tabloids. However, this book did too good a job reining in the emotions. There's many subjects implied but never elaborated (for example, the jealousy the narrator feels when Sheba befriends another female teacher) and what we get is the antiseptic story of a teacher having relations with a minor. There's not even a clear picture of why the narrator decides she is going to stick by Sheba, or even if she plans to continue to stick with her until the scandal dies down.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very interesting and wickedly funny narrative of a scandal involving a teacher/pupil relationship. Basis of the upcoming movie with Cate Blanchette. I really enjoyed it - finished it in one day.
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Helpful Score: 2
Love this book. The characters are written with so much depth. It kept me reading long after I should have gone to bed.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is really an interesting book. As usual, much better than the movie. It's both suspenseful, and humorous at the same time.
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Helpful Score: 2
I found this novel a compulsive read, very well written, an unusual twist on a scandal between a teacher and her teenage student, set in London. This talented writer's insights are truly spellbinding and spot-on.
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Read it for book club and now i'm done with it. I was disaapointed by the ending, but its a good story.
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This is currently being made into a movie with Cate Blanchett.
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Interesting...thought provoking.


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